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    Default More Treatment Questions - Ticks, Fleas Etc

    So we move in 2 weeks and I want to get the dogs treatments sorted.

    I was going to continue with advocate initially and add a tick collar but I have been advised that with kids not to use the collars coz they are yucky.

    So, I am looking at doing a fortnightly application of advantix, a monthly heartgard tab/chew and giving drontal a few times a year.

    What say you all? Amd I going to be covered there?

    I may change this up once we are settled and maybe give the yearly heartworm jab but I want something until then.

    Do you reckon we will be all good with the above plan?

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    To be honest, I can't see there be any real difference in the toxic issues to children between a collar and a topical spot-on treatment. I'd think the collar possibly the better of the two evils.

    The Heartguard and Drontal are fine.
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    If I only had one or two dogs I'd go Sentinel and a tick collar.

    I live in an extreme tick area, (we have ticks now) and the tick collar has been the only successful treatment and I've tried them all.

    You could always do what I do and air the tick collar for a few days. And if your kids aren't silly they are going to know the dog smells a bit like a cross between chemicals and minties for a few days when a new collar goes on. After those initial few days I wouldn't worry if they bury their faces in the dogs neck.

    I prefer the powder thru the coat chemical of the tick collar to the down in the hair follicle chemical of the spot on treatments that need to be applied fortnightly for paralysis ticks.

    With any luck you may be moving to an area with less ticks. The best prevention for ticks is to have the yard cleared of long grass and bushes. Not very interesting I know.

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    Well we don't know how good we have it here.
    The main bug is just your run of the mill flea's.
    But with every new place we go to we get Malawash and spray close on the full yard and house. And to this day we have been flea free for more than 10 years.
    I would not know what to do if we had ticks here.
    All I know is from tv and I don't want them here.
    So my thoughts are with you all that have this pest to contend with as well as all the other things.

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    Rid - when you say 'on tv' re the ticks, it makes me think you might be talking about the ticks they have in the US that you will often see in the SPCA type shows on tv. These ticks, whilst harmful, are not like the ones that affect our dogs in Aus. Our ticks can kill within days and the dog only needs one on it to die.
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    Yer, I was talking about the paralising tick of the North part of Australia I think they are as far down as Sydney and all the way across the top.
    If they go undiscovered they will kill your dog.
    And we don't have them here I think we might have just the blood sucking ones and thats it but I am unsure if we do or don't though.

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    Yes, they're coastal and right down the east coast in particular. We have bush ticks as well and they seem to be similar to the ones you see in the US. In the US, they have ticks like we have fleas! I am always horrified when I see footage of dogs with hundreds of ticks on them!
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    Dogs dont really get ticks at all in NZ....

    Anyways, I have bought all my stuff now and just waiting for it to arrive.

    We are trying Advantix for fleas and ticks (has to be applied fortnightly to do paralysis ticks), Heartgard for heartworm and drontal for worms so hopefully we are all covered.

    Im a bit gutted though as I have really enjoyed the ease of using advocate for everything. Nevermind.

    They will b done next weekend for all coz thats when they are due, and if I do em on Saturday they should be good to go for leaving on Tuesday

    Only cost $250 for every thing *arrrrggghhh* LOL

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